School Details

Capital City PCS - Lower School

100 Peabody Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 808-9800
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-4 316 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

41%
43%
39%
44%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Capital City PCS average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
58%
56%
52%
39%

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS)

In 2011-2012 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10. In 2010-2011 students were tested in science in grades 5, 8 and high school. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Capital City PCS average
  • Washington, DC state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Capital City PCS - Lower School is a charter elementary school in Washington. The principal of Capital City PCS - Lower School is Amy Wendel and can be contacted at awendel@ccpcs.org. 316 children attend Capital City PCS - Lower School and identify as Multiracial; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 26% of the Capital City PCS - Lower School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 316 students here get reduced lunch prices. DC Bilingual PCS is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 35% %
Hispanic 34% %
Asian 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 22% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 0%
Limited English proficiency 26% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We are so happy at Capital City. Our children are receiving a great education and are actively involved in the learning process. We also really appreciate and respect the social skills curriculum with it's focus on kindness courage and empathy.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at the school and our son has already learned so much. The teachers are wonderful and very committed to their students. We are very happy and look forward to seeing his progress this year. On a weekly basis we receive communication from the teachers as to what the students have done and learned which is extremely helpful. We couldn't be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our second year at Cap City. Our daughter is now in kindergarten. Our family loves this school! It is a warm loving nurturing community with active caring parent teachers and administrators. Together we focus on the "whole child." Academics are important - test scores are just one indicator - but they're not everything. Art music fitness - and a focus on community participation -are all significant parts of the curriculum. Communication with teachers and administrators has been frequent substantive and welcoming. The school is wonderfully diverse and I think that speaks to the open inviting environment. We're looking forward to growing with the school for years to come.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son is in third grade now in his fifth year at Capital City already (!) and we love the school. There is a strong sense of community a rich extracurricular life of the school that reinforces the values and connections communicated in the classroom and most importantly a commitment to a strong academic curriculum that makes learning enjoyable.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our kids have been at Capital City since pre-K. One is now in Middle School. We have generally been pleased though no school is perfect. CCPCS has a tremendous amount of staff resources -- two teachers per class lots of support teachers (e.g. for special ed and English Language Learners) and specials teachers (drama Spanish art music fitness library). The school evironment is generally very positive with a very strong school culture where kids learn to respect each other. This is not a place where teachers run their own little fiefdoms. There is a lot of staff teamwork. The new facility is fantastic but the doubling of the size of the school last year led to some hiccups with many new staff and kids -- it was hard to integrate everyone into the culture especially in grades 3 and 4. We are sometimes concerned that the diversity of abilities in the classroom can make it hard to meet everyone's needs. We worry especially about a challenge for kids who are performing at advanced levels. But the diversity vibrancy and dynamism teacher enthusiasm etc. seem to outweigh this.

  • (1 year ago)

    They really foster a learning environment that teaches kids to think critically and work together to solve problems.

  • (1 year ago)

    What I like most about Cap City is that it strives to educate the whole child -- to form character (perseverance kindness empathy) in addition to teaching the fundamentals. Significant time is spent in the early years on the social aspects of school (waiting your turn listening respectfully to others etc.) so that real learning can then happen in the classroom. The approach to learning is also holistic Using the Expeditionary Learning approach children learn thoroughly about a topic (e.g. recycling bees nutrition water) with every subject (English math science music art) supporting that topic. As a parent I am very excited for my children to learn more deeply instead of just memorizing disconnected facts. The teachers are fabulous and the teacher-student ratio is high with 2 1/2 teachers per classroom of 25 (18 for Preschool and Pre-K). The facility itself new last year has everything you could dream of gym theater and tons of outdoor space including a garden. Windows were installed strategically to allow children to see the inner workings of the building -- plumbing wiring etc. I couldn't be happier!

  • (1 year ago)

    I Love CCPCS!! My daughter Ariana is so happy and proud to say she goes to Capitol City!

  • (1 year ago)

    Capital City lower school is a warm academically-engaged environment. We now have a first grader and have been with the school since PreK. Teachers are dedicated and take great care to meet each student where he/she is and the expeditionary learning model really lends itself to allowing this individual attention and to deep learning. There's careful attention to social and artistic learning built into the curriculum along with academics; students learn to work thoughtfully in their community and to become responsible both for their own and each others' learning. I think it's a common experience here that kids truly love learning and are invested in the expeditions and in each other. In our own time here we've been very pleased with the level of intellectual challenge and teacher/student care we've seen abundantly at work.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son and his uncle go to Captal City. Its a great great school his uncle have been with them since 6 grade and my son for two years. They have a fabulious teachers and staff. Their after school problems are great they get to have fun and learn.

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel so lucky to have our daughter attending Capital City. We love the expeditionary learning model which uses themes like "My Family" or "Oviparous Animals" to link and give extra meaning to all the academic instruction in language math and other areas. We also really appreciate the school's emphasis on community including a weekly All School Meeting that lets the entire student body learn from sing songs with and bond with each other as well as the school's use of responsive classroom which approaches discipline and class management by engaging the students themselves in helping develop and buy into a respectful positive learning environment. CapCity also has wonderful "extra" programs including weekly exposure to drama fine arts music fitness and Spanish instruction. The school recently expanded into its new building and grounds which are simply beautiful with playgrounds gardens and ball fields. We couldn't ask for a more perfect place for our daughter to grow and thrive.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers really care about the kids really care about using best and current practices in teaching and they want parents to know what they are doing in the classroom and why. The kids know the teachers are in their corner and will ensure they understand and retain what is being taught.

  • (1 year ago)

    La escuela es magnifica!! Me encanta porque es una escuela multicultural el nivel acad mico muy bueno. Por la coordinaci n de trabajo entre padres y personal de la escuela ademas brindan mucha information a los padres para que estemos enterados de todo lo que la escuela realiza y sobre todo que es una escuela que cuenta con mucha seguridad.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been so fortunate to "win the lottery" for a spot at CCPCS. Our daughter loves being there and I feel like teachers and staff love her back - I couldn't count the hugs and kisses she got on her first day back to school. She "owns" her school. As a parent I can see how her development progresses and how this school is such an integral part of making her a smart confident and kind little girl. Individual communication to / from staff and teachers is excellent and immediate. The lunch program is fantastic and the facilities are brand new with room for music art and a dedicated room for the Spanish teacher. It seems like her opportunities are endless... .

  • (1 year ago)

    In grades PK-3 learning is a nurturing and fun experience. However as time goes on it becomes harder for the school to meet the needs of such diverse student body. Consequently most of the resources are devoted to struggling learners thus giving those students who are on grade level and beyond little incentive to stay beyond 4th grade. The previous poster who alluded to special treatment for those involved in fundraising could not be more wrong. In fact just the opposite is true. Most of the school's historically generous and involved families are gone. Even given the above comment I would still recommend that you apply because you could do a lot worse.

  • (2 years ago)

    Capital City continues to offer an outstanding personalized education. The addition of the new building has greatly expanded the opportunities available to cap city students -- athletic fields a play ground gym cafeteria and an auditorium only enhance an already great school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The new building is great. The students finally have a gym and athletic fields that they never had before. Even though the new building is much bigger Capital City has maintained it's small school feel.

  • (2 years ago)

    Judging from some of the reviews its fair to conclude some parents are not happy but please be reminded it is only their experience at CCPCS. It takes a lot of hard work passion and dedication to ensure every child has a fair shot at academic success and for years Capital City has done just that. If your child cannot adapt to this environment it is your duty as a parent to do whats best for your child without being negative by trying to malign the hard working staff. It is utterly tasteless especially for parents and students who continue to attend.

  • (2 years ago)

    Starts well with the Pre-K and lower elementary then gradullay the quality of instruction and teachers decline. No wonder only a few students in grades 5-8 are original CCPCS students. For us it's been an utter disappointment. In addition to wasting pivotal academic years we now have to deal with the fact that my child has completely lost self confidence in himself and his ability to be successful in school.

  • (3 years ago)

    For those who are confused by the conflicting reviews please be aware that this school is a bit like a private club. If your are actively and aggressively fundraising for the school your childen's shortcomings will be regarded as qualities and they will get raving reviews from teachers. For those children who are academically gifted and self motivated and do well in any school setting the school is adequate especially in the lower grades. Also quite a number of students are tutored regularly outside the school throughout the school year. If you can afford this then keep your kids in the school.. If not go elsewhere . If you're interested go on the OSSE website and see for yourself the HUGE achievement gap between the white kids and the rest.

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